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Posted 2 days ago.

The Hickson Trail Committe now has a Facebook page to promote and track their progress as they work towards their fundraising goal to complete the trail extension. 

This is the north section of the trail that the group is raising money for. The two yellow dots are where bridges are required. 

For more information, or to like their page please visit the following link


Posted 2 days ago.

As new rates take effect April 1, township water system users will move from flat to metered rates


New water and wastewater rates for the next four years (2017-2020) have been approved by Oxford County Council. The new rates, which take effect on April 1, vary depending on where you live and the water or wastewater system needs of your community. Residents can visit the County’s website to learn more about their specific water and wastewater rates.

The biggest change to take effect on April 1 will be for the Township water and wastewater system users, who are moving to a metered system, and away from a flat fee. The new metered system will allow residents and businesses to manage their water use, and see a reduction in their water/wastewater bill for conserving water.

Work on installing new water meters and reading equipment has been ongoing across the County over the past year. Oxford County and installation contractor Corix are finishing the installations this spring. Residents who have been unable to have a meter installed to date should contact Customer Service as soon as possible to avoid increased charges when the metered rates take effect.

Public consultation on the water and wastewater rates took place in the fall of 2016 through public meetings and the Speak Up, Oxford! online portal. Staff also reached out to stakeholder groups including the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors and local Chambers of Commerce.

The water and wastewater rates vary by community. Oxford County provides municipal water services to 21 communities, 11 of those also have municipal wastewater services. All of the wastewater systems and three urban water systems are maintained as independent financial systems, while the township water systems are grouped into one financial system to achieve economy of scale.

For the full breakdown of proposed water and wastewater rates by system, visit the Rates & By-laws page on the County’s website.


Posted 2 days ago.

Oxford County Library contest celebrates all of the unique ways library branches interact with the community


The Oxford County Library (OCL) is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation by amassing a list of 150 things to do at the library. All year long, patrons will be asked to contribute to the list by sharing personal photos and/or stories detailing their favourite library moments. These moments will be compiled and shared throughout the year to highlight library services and to celebrate all of the unique ways OCL branches interact with the community.

Patron photos and stories can be uploaded at www.ocl.net/CAN150atOCL with every submission earning a ballot towards a monthly draw featuring prizes from local businesses, like Gunn’s Hill Cheese, Ottercreek Woodworks, Patina’s, Oxford Honey and Supplies, Wild Comfort and Jakeman’s Maple Store. Participants can also earn additional ballots by sharing their favourite library moments on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CAN150atOCL. More information and complete contest details can be found online at www.ocl.net/CAN150atOCL.  

In addition to the contest, library staff will also celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by sharing famous and interesting Canadian quotes on Facebook. Followers can reminisce over Foster Hewitt’s classic line, “He shoots! He scores!” or discover little-known poetry from Leonard Cohen. Every day promises a new and interesting Canadian quote.
 

For more information plaese visit Oxford County's website


Posted 3 days ago.

Sealed tenders, clearly marked as to contents, will be received by Oxford County until Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. local time for the purchase of County-owned property at 59 Briar Drive in Innerkip.

DEPOSIT. Each tenderer must submit with the tender document a tender deposit in the amount of $5,000 in the form of a certified cheque or bank draft, bank letter of credit, or bid bond.

TENDER DOCUMENTS. Tender documents will be available on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 and may be obtained free of charge from Customer Service at the address below.

SUBMISSION. Submit tenders to Customer Service at the address below. Purchasing inquiries and requests for the list of bidders should also be directed to:

Oxford County - Customer Service
21 Reeve Street | P.O. Box 1614
Woodstock, Ontario N4S 7Y3
519-539-9800, ext. 3915 | Toll-free: 1-800-755-0394
customerservice@oxfordcounty.ca

MORE INFORMATION. Questions and requests for additional information should be addressed in writing to:

Frank Gross, C.Tech,
Supervisor of Engineering Services
fgross@oxfordcounty.ca 
519-539-9800, ext. 3120

Melissa Abercrombie, P.Eng.
Manager of Roads & Facilities

For more information please visit Oxford County's website


Posted 8 days ago.

The Township Office in Hickson will be closed on Monday February 20th for Family Day. 

We will reopen on Tuesday February 21st at 8:30am. 


Posted 8 days ago.

Please be advised that the interim tax bills were mailed to all property owners on January 27th 2017. If you have not received your tax bill in the mail please call the office at 519-462-2697 between 8:30am-Noon, or 1pm-4:30pm or email ezt@ezt.ca to obtain your installment amounts. 

The tax deadline is February 28th 2017.

The Township Office in Hickson is open over the lunch hour and until 5pm the day before and the day of the tax deadline. 

Monday February 27th 8:30am-5pm
Tuesday February 28th 8:30am-5pm 

Partial payments are applied first towards the outstanding interest, then to the outstanding taxes. Penalty of 1.25% for late payment is added the first day of default, and the first day of each month thereafter. The tax collector has no authority to waive or alter a penalty and/or interest for any reason.


Posted 11 days ago.

An electronic copy of the plans and contract documents for the Jacob St East Reconstruction 2017-02 can be obtained from the Consulting Engineers by email - kdeath@ksmart.ca (Kevin Death, K. Smart Associates Ltd).  

Sealed tenders clearly marked as to content will be received until 11:00AM on Friday March 3rd 2017 at the following location:

    Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
    PO Box 100
    90 Loveys St. 
    Hickson, ON  N0J 1L0


Posted 11 days ago.

February 14, 2017

In the wake of a fatal fire in Brampton, ON on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.

It has not yet been determined if there were working smoke alarms in the fatal fire in Brampton.

“Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Fire Chief, Scott Alexander. “The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.”

Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape BEFORE a fire occurs. “We want to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in Township of East Zorra-Tavistock,” continued Chief Alexander.

Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:

  • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every story of your home according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:

  • Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible.
  • All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
  • If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
  • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s home.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan.
  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.

For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:

  • Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
  • Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
  • Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.

Posted 11 days ago.

Come to the Innerkip Community Centre on Saturday March 4th for the Innerkip Family Literacy Event from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Free. Children and their families can hear stories read by community guests and sing with Mother Goose. Each child will receive a free book to take home. Sponsored by Innerkip Lions Club. Presented by Innerkip Public Library and OEYC Oxford. Phone the library at 519-469-3824 or email innerkiplibrary@ocl.net for more information.


Posted 31 days ago.

Tender Documents are now available at the Township Office for the supply of  Granular "A" Resurfacing Contract #2017-01. 

Sealed tenders clearly marked as to content will be received until 11:00AM on Wednesday February 8th 2017 at the following location:

    Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
    PO Box 100
    90 Loveys St. 
    Hickson, ON  N0J 1L0

For a copy of the tender documents please call 519-462-2697 or email ezt@ezt.ca

Bidder

Price Per Tonne (excluding taxes)

Blyth Dale

$9.62

Hart Sand & Gravel

$7.45

Thorton Sand & Gravel

$8.75

Oxford Sand and Gravel

$9.40

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